It was after my first “real job” out of college that I became a true student of success and wealth. Just days after graduating I found myself employed and living in a completely different city.
Corporate Self-Made Millionaires?
It was a great experience, but that job lacked something. Good money…big money. The job I landed paid me according to current market rates for recent college grads. However, I was convinced I wasn’t being paid enough.
After spending four hard years with my nose to the grind, there was an expectation that I was to come out of the gates, guns blazing and making some real money. But that didn’t happen.
As soon as I got my hands on that first paycheck, my dreams felt dashed.
Let’s just say, that first paycheck was nothing to brag about.
Maybe you can relate?
It only took a few weeks of receiving that pittance of a paycheck from the fortune 500 company I was employed with, that I realized, “This is not what I went to school for”.
It was at that moment that I decided to learn how to start making real money. So, I became a student of success and wealth. I put all of my attention on what many other self-made millionaires were doing.
Learning The Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires
It was the studying that took place in those post-graduate years that I learned the most about wealth and riches. Insights that I think every young driven person should know about if they ever wish to join the ranks of other self-made millionaires.
So how can you use these insights?
The advice I am about to share will get you started in the right direction towards amassing wealth and joining the self-made millionaire club.
Having a solid knowledge base for building wealth and become self-made is one of the most important things you can do to begin finding the success you seek. Use this advice as your foundation for your continued success.
Below are some of the biggest success factors that all self-made millionaires have in common:
1. Self-made Millionaires are Honest
One of the best books on wealth building is ‘The Millionaire Mind’ by Thomas J. Stanley. Stanley, interviewed hundreds of millionaires to decode their secrets to making millions. And on top of the list of the success factors that most millionaires gave, honesty was the most important.
The idea was, that if you want to build wealth, it will be through people. You will need to be able to do business with and through people. There is a popular business maximum that supports this, and it goes like these: “People only do business with those whom they know, like, and trust.”
If you are dishonest, and no one trusts you, getting business, making partnerships, and closing deals will be difficult. Maybe even impossible. So, the first rule to follow to eventually become a self-made millionaire, is to be a person of your word. Be honest.
2. Self-made Millionaires Cultivate Self-Discipline
The one success trait that really stands out in all the success literature I’ve read, is that of self-discipline. After reading book after book on success, the success trait I’ve seen show itself time and time again has been that of self-discipline.
Almost every self-made millionaire or successful person has made the claim, that without self-discipline, they would be nowhere near as successful as they are today.
Even the great millionaire mogul Robert Kiyosaki once stated, “Self-discipline is the No.1 delineating factor between the rich, the middle class, and the poor.”
So, make it a point to practice becoming a more self-disciplined person every day. Because if you do, you’ll set yourself up to find the success and wealth you truly seek.
3. Self-made Millionaires Work Harder Than Most People
Many Titan’s of sports and entertainment have made the claim that the only way they were able to reach the prominence they have found in their careers, has been a direct result of their ability to work harder the most people.
Study any highly successful person, and you will find this to be true. If you examine Michal Jordan’s work ethic, you would notice it was greater than his peers. If you had the chance to witness the late Steve Jobs, you would notice he also had a knack for being relentless in his pursuits.
And the same goes for most self-made millionaires. They do what others don’t like to do, and they typically work harder than their competition. And by doing so, they set the stage for their eventual success and making the big money.
4. Self-made Millionaires Have a Passion For What They Do
You hear it all the time, follow your passion, follow your dreams. Most of the time this sentiment is shared as the path to finding happiness. However, a handful of both highly successful and rich people have extolled the importance of loving what you do in order to find success.
Warren Buffet has been known to state that the people who find their passion in life are the luckiest. He made this statement because he believed that when people find their passion or that thing that they love to do, they usually end up doing that thing extremely well.
Meaning, in our competitive society, if you don’t love what you do, you put yourself at a disadvantage against the person who does.
And the person who loves what they do has a better shot and eventually doing that thing they love, better than you.
Steve Jobs once stated, “The only way to do great work, is to love what you do.”
He believed in the passion principle too.
These two Titans of success believed in the importance of having a passion for what your work.
So if you really want to find a way to become self-made, be sure you love what you do.
5. Self-made Millionaires Know How to Adapt to the Market
We’ve established how it is vital to do what you love if you wish to be rich someday. However, it must also be said, that you need to be able to adapt to the market.
If what you love doing is making art, but there is little to no interest in your art in your market, then you must be willing to adapt. If you don’t, you won’t make any money. And if you don’t make any money, you can’t become a self-made millionaire.
As such, the best way to do adapt your interests to the market is to keep to your true interests, but also ensure that your business or art is flexible enough to incorporate the interests of others.
If you love making art, but nobody wants to buy it, then must consider making art that people are willing to buy. There is a small sacrifice involved, but, it is necessary if you wish to stay in business and or make money doing what you love.
In short, follow your heart. But be sure your customers are interested in buying what you are selling.
Becoming rich and obtaining the title of a self-made millionaire is achievable. However, aspiring to do so with your current wages working for XYZ corp., is not the most efficient way to do so.
Remember, if you want to become a self-made millionaire someday, you will need to cultivate the following success factors above.